Sunset summer drive around Amsterdam, Venice of the North, in the Netherlands. Known for canals, bicycles, Heineken beer, house boats, Van Gogh, coffee shops of a certain variety, the neon light districts.. So much more to the city and the Netherlands in general. The term Venice of the North refers to various cities in Northern Europe that contain canals, comparing them to Venice, Italy, which is renowned for its canals. The architecture is amazing. Narrow tall homes (a good reason for this…article in the comments). High standard of living as well. I’d love to live here for a while.
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Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. Google

Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands with a population of 872,680 within the city proper, 1,558,755 in the urban area and 2,480,394 in the metropolitan area. Found within the province of North Holland, Amsterdam is colloquially referred to as the “Venice of the North”, due to the large number of canals which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Amsterdam was founded at theAmstel, that was dammed to control flooding; the city’s name derives from the Amstel dam.Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during theDutch Golden Ageof the 17th century, and became the leading centre forfinanceandtrade.In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded and many new neighborhoods and suburbs were planned and built. The 17th-centurycanals of Amsterdamand the 19–20th centuryDefence Line of Amsterdamare on theUNESCO World Heritage List.Sloten, annexed in 1921 by the municipality of Amsterdam, is the oldest part of the city, dating to the 9th century.

Amsterdam’s main attractionsinclude itshistoric canals, theRijksmuseum, theVan Gogh Museum, theStedelijk Museum,Hermitage Amsterdam, theConcertgebouw, theAnne Frank House, theScheepvaartmuseum, theAmsterdam Museum, theHeineken Experience, theRoyal Palace of Amsterdam,Natura Artis Magistra,Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam,NEMO, thered light districtand manycoffee shops. It drew more than 5million international visitors in 2014.The city is also well known for its nightlife and festival activity; with several of its nightclubs (Melkweg,Paradiso) among the world’s most famous. Primarily known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabledfaades; well-preserved legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. These characteristics are arguably responsible for attracting millions of Amsterdam’s visitors annually.Cyclingis key to the city’s character, and there are numerousbike paths.

TheAmsterdam Stock Exchangeis considered the oldest “modern” securities marketstock exchangein the world. As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the topfinancial centresin Europe, Amsterdam is considered analpha world cityby theGlobalization and World Cities(GaWC) study group. The city is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands.Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters in the city, including: thePhilipsconglomerate,AkzoNobel,,TomTom, andING.Moreover, many of the world’s largest companies are based in Amsterdam or have established their European headquarters in the city, such as leading technology companiesUber,NetflixandTesla.In 2012, Amsterdam was ranked the second best city to live in by theEconomist Intelligence Unit(EIU)and 12th globally on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer.The city was ranked 4th place globally as top tech hub in the Savills Tech Cities 2019 report (2nd in Europe),and 3rd in innovation by Australian innovation agency 2thinknow in their Innovation Cities Index 2009.ThePort of Amsterdamis the fifth largest in Europe.TheKLMhub and Amsterdam’s main airport,Schiphol, is the Netherlands’ busiest airport as well as the third busiest inEuropeand 11th busiest airport in the world.The Dutch capital is considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with at least 177 nationalities represented.

A few of Amsterdam’s notable residents throughouthistoryinclude: paintersRembrandtandVan Gogh, the diaristAnne Frank, and philosopherBaruch Spinoza.


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